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Southeast Asia Connects

Southeast Asian nations Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam are among the most connected companies in the world, beating expectations by the widest margins. That’s one finding of DHL’s Global Connectedness Index—an analysis of globalization as measured by international trade flows, capital, information, and people. Improved supply chain networks within the region and ASEAN policy initiatives […]

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2019 Global Logistics Guide

2019 Global Logistics Guide

Inbound Logistics’ 15th annual Global Logistics Guide provides an around-the-world look at the issues, opportunities, and concerns likely to affect global supply chain networks. Supply chains don’t thrive on uncertainty, but that is what they are getting in 2019. Uncertainty regarding the U.S.-China relationship is motivating many companies to spread their manufacturing and logistics bets […]

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Trade War Threatens Sourcing Ethics, Quality Control

Trade War Threatens Sourcing Ethics, Quality Control

The U.S.-China tariff standoff in 2018 triggered challenges to global sourcing and there may be subsequent threats to ethics and quality control, according to a recent report by global quality control and supplier compliance service provider QIMA. The geographic sourcing diversification movement away from China is already underway, confirms QIMA’s year-end survey of 100+ businesses […]

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Is Technology the Solution to Global Supply Chain Complexity?

Is Technology the Solution to Global Supply Chain Complexity?

As global trade continues to transform the way companies are producing, moving, buying, and selling goods across borders, it’s important for supply chain leaders to know about trade trends that can help them benchmark their company against the leaders and laggards. To sort through emerging and existing technology, a recent survey by global trade management […]

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Virgin Atlantic, Delta Cargo Fly Away Home to Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic, Delta Cargo Fly Away Home to Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo are poised for takeoff to their new home: the new purpose-built dnata City East, London Heathrow’s state-of-the-art cargo facility. The move supports the airlines’ growing cargo businesses, enhances their trans-Atlantic partnership, and future-proofs the joint venture’s position in the UK market by doubling the size of their cargo footprint […]

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Canada Bupkus on BOPIS

Canada Bupkus on BOPIS

Canada lags behind several other countries, but is still ahead of the United States when it comes to Buy Online Pickup In-Store (BOPIS) options, according to a new survey from OrderDynamics, a Tecsys company. Omni-2000 Research: Canada highlights the country’s retail market efficiencies in a host of omni-channel capabilities. Compared to 37.6 percent of global […]

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Looking Forward to it

Here are seven global logistics trends that will impact freight forwarding in the next few years. 1. Environmental footprint and sustainable solutions will become top of mind. The transportation industry plays a big part in greenhouse gas contributions. Having a sustainable agenda and bringing insight and solutions to help shippers lower their ecological footprint will […]

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Panama Canal Keeps the Faith

Panama Canal Keeps the Faith

The Panama Canal welcomed its 5,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway, reaffirming the value and impact the route has had on global maritime trade. The COSCO Faith container carrier (photo above) transited the canal traveling southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The vesselhas a 13,345 total TEU allowance and measures 366 meters in […]

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FedEx Abandons Cuba Airfreight Service

FedEx Abandons Cuba Airfreight Service

Improved relations between the United States and Cuba have hit an impasse, leading FedEx Corp. to drop a plan to begin cargo flights to the communist country. FedEx “will not be filing for an extension of the startup date for U.S.-Cuba cargo air service between Miami and Varadero,” according to a recent statement. The company […]

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Collapsing High Container Costs

The global shipping sector has a container problem. To be precise, it has a $30-billion container problem, and that price tag is increasing every year. In addition to their financial costs, empty containers congest deck spaces and crowd ports. And forcing ships to transport millions of empty containers around the world every year creates unnecessary […]

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Tariffs Sting U.S. Supply Chains

The tariffs President Donald Trump imposed on Chinese goods have caused sharp increases in expenses for some companies, and even businesses that have yet to feel the sting of the duties on imported Chinese goods are taking a closer look at their supply chains to see how they can minimize the damage. As businesses scramble […]

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Consumer Electronics FTZ – MD Logistics

Consumer Electronics FTZ – MD Logistics

The Challenge MD Logistics has partnered with a leading global supplier of mobile and consumer electronics products since 2007, when a newly acquired product line prompted the company to seek third-party logistics (3PL) services. A majority of their products originate overseas and therefore require numerous customs filings as well as costly annual duty and brokerage […]

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Answering Global Volatility with IT Solutions to Support Supply Chain Agility

Today’s global economic volatility is putting increased pressure on supply chain managers. While worldwide turmoil is not new, the ability to manage it has now become an expectation — one companies must master to remain competitive. This requires purchasing agents to be alert, well-informed, and able to pivot to new suppliers and delivery routes with […]

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Asia Pacific Companies: Green Giants

Asia Pacific Companies: Green Giants

Asia Pacific companies place more importance on green transportation than other regions, finds DHL’s latest research report on ground transportation logistics. Seventy-five percent of respondents from the region say electric vehicles will have a significant impact on transport in the next two years, compared to the global average of 53 percent. In addition, 82 percent […]

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